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Julie Bombacino, Co-Founder                                                                        

Tel: 312-480-7130    

 

Tony Bombacino, Co-Founder

 Tel: 708-359-1626

INNOVATOR/ADVOCATOR AWARD PRESENTED TO

JULIE AND TONY BOMBACINO OF REAL FOOD BLENDS



Albany, NY, August 15, 2017— The Oley Foundation, based at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, is pleased to announce the issuing of the 2017 Innovator/Advocator Award to Julie and Tony Bombacino, co-founders of Real Food Blends (www.RealFoodBlends.com), based in Chesterton, Indiana. This award is given to a home parenteral or enteral (HPEN) consumer or caregiver who sets an example by promoting innovation in nutrition therapy and/or by advocating for themselves or someone in their care.

As the parents to AJ, their 6-year old child, who has a feeding tube and a number of special needs, and in their business lives as the co-founders of Real Food Blends, Julie and Tony Bombacino are special people who’ve made a real difference in the world. "We are honored and humbled to receive this award from The Oley Foundation. From Day 1 of our own tube-feeding journey with our son, AJ, we turned to Oley for information and support -- and to now be receiving this award and recognition from them 6 years later is truly a full circle moment and one that is very special to us. We look forward to helping Oley continue to achieve their mission in the years to come!”, said Julie & Tony Bombacino, Co-Founders, Real Food Blends

When AJ Bombacino was six months old, he had an unexpected 45-minute seizure. This lead to a brain MRI and a series of tests that determined he was born with a number of brain malformations that not only triggered the seizure, but that may cause other complications. Soon after this, AJ failed a swallow study and required surgery to have a feeding tube placed. He has received 100% of his nutrition via this feeding tube for the past 6 years. Faced with various nutritional limitations and challenges of traditional formulas that AJ (and most all tube-fed people) was dependent on, Julie set out to research and create a homemade blended diet for AJ. Ultimately, with the introduction of real food into his diet, AJ spent less time vomiting and being irritable and he began to thrive and grow. In fact, based on this new blended real food diet, AJ could join his parents and sister Luca to make mealtime into “family time” once again

Inspired by AJ and their journey with him, Julie and Tony eventually created and launched Real Food Blends, a company that makes a line of 100% real food meals for people with feeding tubes.

Julie and Tony have changed the life of their own son, AJ for the better, and now, after selling millions of meals coast-to-coast, the lives of many other people with feeding tubes. The couple embodies what the Oley Innovator/Advocator Award is all about and we congratulate them on this award.


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This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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